10 Best Dad-To-Be Gifts That Will Come In Handy


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Becoming a new dad is a life changing moment.

While filled with joy, the experience of becoming a father, and a parent in general, can be a wild ride. Finding a great gift to help get a new dad through the beauty and chaos to come could make all the difference.

There is no doubt that new fathers are going to be stressed, sleep deprived and short on time. The best daddy-to-be gifts will help to make life's daily challenges easier so they can focus on their little one. There is a huge range of dad-to-be presents available that range from super sentimental to super practical. While we love sentimental gift ideas and have included a few, we think that father-to-be gifts that make life at home easier are what new dads will be most thankful for.

With this in mind, we've put together a diverse list of useful and thoughtful gifts to ensure that there is something for every father-to-be. If you need more ideas for products to help soon-to-be parents prepare for a new baby, read our list of the best Moses baskets and the best baby monitors.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

While all of the gifts for dads-to-be are highly recommended, if you're short on time, we've picked out the best option based on price and usefulness.

1. Nespresso By Magimix Vertuo Plus Pod Coffee Machine

Nespresso By Magimix Vertuo Plus Pod Coffee Machine

It's a given that a new dad will be sleep deprived and therefore, maybe struggling to get through the day without falling asleep. We know a little secret named coffee that is sure to help with dad's tired eyes. With this great gift, new dads will have brewed coffee at their fingertips. This popular Nespresso machine makes coffee quickly and shuts off after nine minutes, perfect for the busy new dad who might be too tired to remember the off switch. It's compatible with 23 different blends of Nespresso Vertuo capsules, so dad is sure to find a coffee he loves. With dishwasher safe parts, new dads will love this gift that makes the morning cup effortless.

Main Features

  • Price: £179.99
  • Compatible with 23 blends of Nespresso Vertuo capsules

Best For Stylish Men

2. Mission Critical Men's Baby Carrier

Mission Critical Men's Baby Carrier

Any new dad will feel confident tackling fatherhood in this ergonomically designed men's baby carrier from Mission Critical. This baby carrier is designed with dads in mind and features a removable, washable liner, mesh panel for attaching additional baby items and a sun shield for protecting the baby. New dads will feel like they can take on any challenge when they use this military grade baby carrier.

Main Features

  • Price: £172.61
  • Ergonomic design

Best For The Whole Family

3. GoPro HERO9 Camcorder

GoPro HERO9 Camcorder

Help new dads capture all of the important moments with the GoPro HERO 9 Camcorder. This camcorder will let dad shoot 5K video and 20MP photos, ensuring every experience is captured in high quality. The new GoPro has 30% more battery time meaning dad can worry less about recharging and focus more on his new baby. From the beach to the snow, there is nowhere this GoPro won't be able to capture memories as it is waterproof up to 10m and works in the cold. This is truly the gift that will keep on giving as it records dads precious moments with his baby.

Main Features

  • Price: £429.99
  • 30% more battery time
  • Shoots 5K video

Best For Helping New Dads Get Organised

4. Skip Hop Duo Backpack Mini-Grid

Skip Hop Duo Backpack Mini-Grid

This stylish faux leather baby changing backpack is a gift that the daddy-to-be can use forever. The bag has all the baby changing essentials including nine pockets (bottle pockets and zip-up pockets), adjustable straps, a phone compartment and stroller straps. This bag will help fathers get organised and find the perfect space for all of the important bits and bobs they'll need to have with them when looking after their new baby.

Main Features

  • Price: £68.99
  • Faux leather backpack

Best For Getting Lots Of Laughs

5. 101 So Bad, They're Good Dad Jokes By Elias Hill

101 So Bad, They're Good Dad Jokes By Elias Hill

It is impossible to make this list without including the inevitable dad essential, a joke book. This isn't any old joke book though, this book is complete with 101 'so bad, they're good' dad jokes. With this book, the daddy-to-be in your life will be able to undertake important study to prepare him to have a lame joke up his sleeve for any occasion.

Main Features

  • Price: £4.77
  • Includes 101 jokes

Best For Sentimental Men

6. Little Treasure Bags Dad-To-Be Survival Kit

Little Treasure Bags Dad-To-Be Survival Kit

Finding cute gifts from bump to daddy can be hard, but this one from Little Treasure Bags is by far one of the sweetest gifts for expecting dads.  Any soon to be father will be delighted with this gift and ready to dive head on into the exciting adventure of fatherhood. This super thoughtful gift has many useful additions like a candle, sweets and a tea bag but it's the wisdom in the messages included in this gift that will be the ultimate help for dad as he faces all the ups and downs of parenthood. We think it is one of the sweetest daddy-to-be gifts from bump.

Main Features

  • Price: £5.95
  • Includes 14 meaningful everyday items

Best For The Podcast Lover

7. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Portable Speaker

These speakers will help new fathers pass hours of baby watching time with music, podcasts and even melodies if they need help putting baby to sleep. These speakers offer ten hours playback time and are waterproof, meaning they can be brought along to any activity whether at home changing nappies or doing bath time or out on walks to help keep dad sane.

Main Features

  • Price: £59.99
  • USB chargeable

Best For Men Who Like To Read

8. Commando Dad Basic Training: How To Be An Elite Dad

Commando Dad Basic Training: How To Be An Elite Dad

This fun, no nonsense book by Neil Sinclair will have any dad-to-be excited about the journey ahead and ready to tackle it with military Grade precision. Used by Prince William in preparation for fatherhood, this book is said to be essential reading for all fathers-to-be. The book will guide dads on effective parenting from birth to three years and is full of useful advice that will help new dads feel like they've got everything under control.

Main Features

  • Price: £8.35
  • 192 page book

Best For Men Who Love Spending Time Outdoors

9. Odoland Pocket Picnic Blanket

Odoland Pocket Picnic Blanket

A super simple gift that is bound to come in handy as dads start venturing out and about with their new baby. This picnic mat is completely waterproof and folds up to fit into a pocket size storage pouch. This handy blanket is perfect for all outdoor occasions from the beach to the park. New dads will rejoice when they remember they have this blanket in their pocket when emergency nappy changes arise.

Main Features

  • Price: £14.99
  • Pocket sized, waterproof picnic mat

Best For Gifts From The Bump

10. Fathers Day Present from The Bump

Fathers Day Present from The Bump

This adorable mug is a 'to daddy from bump' gift that will have any daddy-to-be super excited for the journey ahead. This mug is made from high grade ceramic and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Not only will it melt any dad-to-be's heart, it will also come in handy when the new father begins needing coffee all day every day in his sleep-deprived state.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.99
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our list of the best presents for dad-to-be, we recommend you also check out our list of the best playpens and travel cots for children.



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